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Report: Water Users Association plays bank for Semanko

Idaho Statesman reporters Cynthia Sewell and Rocky Barker report that Idaho Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko owes the non-profit Idaho Water Users Association, his employer, $161,000, a result of a loan the group made to Semanko; such a loan to an executive is legal in Idaho, but is banned in several other states. Semanko is now a candidate for mayor of Eagle. You can read their full report here.

Semanko: As red as Idaho is, Wyoming has us beat

Here’s an interesting tidbit shared by Idaho Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko on IPTV’s “Dialogue” program last night: Despite the GOP sweep in this year’s elections, Idaho is no longer the “most-Republican” state as measured by Republican dominance in its top offices and Legislature. Wyoming takes that prize. Wyoming, like Idaho, has its entire congressional delegation and all its statewide offices held by Republicans. The difference: While Idaho has now jumped up to 80 percent GOP in its state Legislature, Wyoming is at 84 percent.

Semanko gets RNC budget seat

Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko has been tabbed for a seat on the Republican National Committee’s budget committee, which state party executive director Jonathan Parker said “other than the executive committee, is the most influential committee on the RNC.” The budget seat previously had been held by Blake Hall as Idaho’s national committeeman for the party; Hall resigned the national committeeman post after his conviction last month on stalking charges in Idaho Falls. The state party has three positions on the RNC, for its chairman, national committeeman and national committeewoman, a post that’s long been held by Cindy Moyle. The state GOP central committee will vote on how to fill the vacant national committeeman seat, which Hall had held since 1990, at its Jan. 9 meeting.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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